The New York Mets invited nine players to major league spring training including Tim Tebow. Per the club's official announcement on Friday, he'll join a group of spring training invitees that includes top-30 prospects like Peter Alonso, P.J. Conlon, Patrick Mazeika and David Thompson. The 30-year-old former NFL quarterback and Heisman Trophy victor will be entering his second season in the league.
The 2018 season will be Tebow's second full season in professional baseball.
Position players are scheduled to report to spring training by February 17 before the Mets have their first full-squad workout two days later.
The former University of Florida football star got his first taste of minor league baseball in 2016 when he played in the Arizona Fall League.
Tim Tebow of the Columbia Fireflies hits into a fielder's choice against the Lakewood BlueClaws on May 14, 2017, at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood, New Jersey.
There are definitely some out there who believe this to be the case. While he was not an invitee to spring training a year ago, he did appear in some spring games for the Mets, where he did not play particularly well but did serve to drum up interest in the games.
The Mets promoted him to high-A Port St. Lucie, where he hit five homers in 64 games and finished his first pro season with a.226 average and eight homers over the two levels.